Dr. Stephen C. Hall

Photo: Stephen HallAssociate Professor (2000)

Department Chair


Department of Physics
Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Ph: 503-352-2280
FAX: 503-352-2933
Office: Price 106


B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1988
Sc.M., Brown University, 1991
Ph.D., Brown University, 1996

Professor Hall teaches a variety of courses in the physics department, including Astronomy and Energy and the Environment for non-science majors, the introductory physics courses, and upper division courses such as Relativity, Electronics, and Thermal Physics. He has also developed a special course on computer-aided data acquisition in which students learn to use the LabVIEW programing language to take data and control experiments.  He also teaches the first year optics courses in the College of Optometry.

Professor Hall is active in the development and implementation of recent innovations in teaching physics that foster active learning and improve student understanding. He encorporates a variety of these research-based techniques in his teaching, and has presented his work at meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Along with Dr. James Butler, he received a grant from the Berglund Center for Internet Studies to adapt and implement a variety of technology-based techniques, including Peer Instruction and Just in Time Teaching, in the Geometric and Physical Optics courses in the College of Optometry.

Professor Hall's research interests are in soft condensed matter physics. Current research, supported by a grant from the Research Corporation, is on detecting a liquid-liquid transition in the fragile glass formers OTP and Salol. The project provides students at Pacific an opportunity to be involved in scientific research.  See the research link for more information about this project.

Before coming to Pacific, he held a post-doctoral position at the University of Oregon working in a large effort to study turbulence with low temperature techniques. He was responsible for developing very small velocity sensors for use at liquid helium temperatures (4 K).

His research at Brown University was on cavitation (bubble nucleation) in liquid helium.